Melbet Uganda has taken on the sponsorship of StarTimes Uganda Premier League side Kyetume FC ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The deal was announced on Friday at the Melbet Uganda offices located at the Nakawa Business Park, Nkurumah road in a deal that will see the betting Company appear on Kyetume FC’s 2020/21 season Jersey.
The launch of this partnership was graced by the Melbet Uganda Country Director, Mr. Andrew Kamwesigye flanked by his Chief of Operations, Mr. Yasin Asiimwe while Kyetume FC was represented by the club president, Mr. Ruben Mubiru, Club Technical Director, Jackson Mayanja.
The first round of the season will see Melbet appear with Roseform, a mattress making company, on Kyetume FC’s shirt until the start of the second round when the betting company is expected to have exclusive rights to the space.
While speaking to the Media, Melbet Uganda Chief of Operations, Yasin Asiimwe described their decision to sponsor a rather not top table team as a gesture to improve on the competition in the Uganda Premier League. He also said Kyetume play beautiful soccer;
“I have been following Uganda Football and many of you have been seeing me watching football games in the different stadia. We chose to partner with Kyetume FC as means of fueling competition in the league. They also play entertaining and passing football which we believe is the kind of game we would like to be identified with.”
“We do not believe in sponsoring a better team because that would exponentially empower the bigger sides and widen the competition gap,” Asiimwe added.
Melbet Uganda Country Director, Andrew Kamwesigye distanced third relationship with Kyetume FC from a partnership, describing the development as a marriage;
“Our relationship with Kyetume FC is more than just an ordinary partnership. This is a marriage and we are not expecting to break our ties with Kyetume FC anytime soon. This should come as a message to show the plan we have for Ugandan sports.”
Kyetume FC president Ruben Mubiru did not hide his excitement during the moment, thereby promising better football and a stronger team ahead of next season’s League.
“With this partnership, we feel empowered now and we will do our best to perform better and also give our partners the numbers they deserve.”
“We are the only team representing 5 districts currently and we believe we have the fanbase to meet the requirements of our sponsors.”
When asked what plans the club has for the upcoming season especially for reasons concerning the club’s home stadium, Mubiru revealed that they have entered a partnership with the Buganda Land Board to use the Nakisunga Ssaza play ground in a deal worth 120 million shillings for a period of 15 years.
“We entered into an understanding with the Buganda Land Board to use the Nakisunga Playground for a period of 15 years. We paid 120 million shillings to secure the Nakisunga stadium and as it stands, we are waiting for the federation to do another round of inspection and clear us.”
The development comes at a moment when Kyetume FC was cash-strapped and undergoing difficult financial times with players having gone a number of months without pay.
Recently the Club was ordered to pay Ibrahim Kazindula’s arrears amounting to 2.7 million shillings.
Kyetume FC joined the StarTimes Uganda Premier League last season and managed to finish 11th with 30 points after 25 games when the league was prematurely ended due to the Coronavirus pandemic that brought a halt on all footballing activities.
The Mukono-based side start their 2020/21 UPL season with a trip to Wakiso where they will take on Stadium (Wakissha) to face hosts Wakiso Giants on December 9, 2020.